Wednesday 8 February 2012, 10:23
I could rob a bank. I could rob two banks, if I wanted. But I don't because the risk outweighs the reward. Prison seems grim and I'm not all that bothered about being rich.
I can separate all the men I know into two categories: alphas and betas. Leaders and followers, if you will.
Chris (Ashley Walters), Marcus (Warren Brown) and John (Steven Mackintosh) make plans
Whilst researching this drama I found out that there's something like £45 billion worth of cash in the UK. Sitting in vaults, down the backs of sofas, and chinking around in our pockets.
We may think of ourselves as a cashless society, but it's still out there. And it's not worth any less.
I often use dual timelines when structuring a story. I did something similar on Worried About The Boy, flicking between 1981 and 1986. Maybe I just like to keep the audience on their toes.
With Inside Men, opening with the heist allowed me to get straight into two stories that impacted on one another. How did they plan it? And will they get away with it?
The scenes in the vault were filmed in a decommissioned Bank of England building in Bristol.
The vault door weighed four tonnes and you just can't recreate stuff like that.
I went on set one day and held one of the shotguns, pulled on a mask, and stared at the cages of bank notes. Suddenly it didn't seem so easy.
Tony Basgallop is the writer of Inside Men.
Read a BBC TV blog interview with Boy George, on Worried About The Boy - also written by Tony Basgallop.
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